Private Violin / Viola / Piano Lessons, Chamber Music Coachings

Hello! My name is Ellen Hacker and I am a teacher for interested violin, viola & piano students. My home studio is based in South Minneapolis.

Since graduating from St. Olaf College with a B.M. in Music Education, I have taught middle school orchestra and private violin/viola/piano students. I also enjoy an active freelance performance career in the Twin Cities and play for several theaters, churches, and community orchestras. I am a founding member of the Watercress Trio and the Linden String Quartet.

I am the Music Director for the Cannon Valley Youth Orchestras in Northfield, MN. Under this position, I audition, conduct and coach an elementary, middle, and high school orchestra with a cumulative concert in the fall and the spring. 

While at St. Olaf College, I focused my studies on various pedogigical techniques utilized for teaching violin, viola, and piano. My teaching incorporates the Suzuki approach (ear training) and Paul Rolland's Technique (freedom of movement to avoid injury).

I thoroughly enjoy teaching all students how to play a musical instrument, as I believe music is a critical element for a well-rounded education. My experience as a string player and pianist help me approach teaching from all different angles.

Music has led me to amazing opportunities throughout my life; I hope to inspire my students to enjoy the life-long journey of music making.

Subjects taught: classical violin or viola, classical piano, chamber music, strings, fiddling

Teaching style: My teaching style is completely catered to the needs and interests of the student. I am a passionate, experienced teacher and I believe in teaching the person, not just the insrument. My students develop into confident, poised, and thoughtful musicians with a life-long appreciation for the performing arts. 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Music in Music Education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

Experience: I have 8 years private teaching experience and 1 year teaching middle school orchestra in Madison, WI.

I am currently the Music Director for the Cannon Valley Youth Orchestras in Northfield, MN.

Class size: I teach private lessons and chamber ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, etc.).

Age range or grade level taught: Ages 5 through adult.

Geographic area: Metro Area (I teach out of my home studio in South Minneapolis).

Costs: $25/30 minutes, $37.50/45 minutes, $50/60 minutes.

Contact Information: 
Name: Ellen Hacker
Email: ellen [dot] c [dot] hacker(at)gmail [dot] com
Phone: 612-600-7990


Ellen Hacker Music Studio
5211 11th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Information subject to change. Please check with Private Violin / Viola / Piano Lessons, Chamber Music Coachings for the most current information. Last updated on Tue, Jul 18, 2017.